Senior Travel: Tips and Stories for Seniors

Dec 9th, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Two excellent resources of traveler’s needs are Magellans and Travelsmith.  Both are loaded with travel accessories that I find very useful.  Their microfiber clothing items are particularly high on my list.  Flat front microfiber pants have built-in stretch for extra comfort; the fabric is softer than most you find in pants.  The fabric, a polyester/viscose/Lycra blend, is very wrinkle-resistant, drapes beautifully and is machine or hand washable. Each has a built-in zipper in the front left pocket for securing a wallet or other items.  

Men’s shirts feature a three-position sun collar, pleated bellows pockets, hidden zippered security pocket and roll-up sleeve tabs.  These shirt pockets are deep and can easily hold your passport as you pass through the many checkpoints at the airport.  You will not have to pull out your neck pouch innumerable times with this type of shirt.   Magellan’s travel tips are plentiful. 

Be sure to mark your suitcases well.  Attach a sturdy leather luggage tag with your address and phone number on each bag as well as your carry-ons.  Have the same information INSIDE your suitcase in case it “does not make it” to your destination or the tag is accidently torn off.  A few other hints include carrying a shade/rain hat, plastic carry-on toiletry kit, language translator, a small alarm clock and insect and sun protection.  Extensive lists perused in advance of travel make the trip much more enjoyable and considerably less stressful.  

CUIL.com is a search engine that can be used independently, or added to Internet Explorer.  I find it exceptionally helpful.  Here you will find help with travel tips that I recommend.   

Finding the best deal and having a successful trip should not be a matter of trial and error. Luckily, Cheapflights produced a series of guides to help you get the most out of your getaway; they branch out into many areas not often covered by other sites.

Rick Steves Lightweight Luggage For Travelers, Not Tourists is made from comfortable spun silk; the sturdy, ultra-light under-the-pants moneybelt is your best guarantee against pickpocket theft (Travelsmith). Its soft elastic strap/neck cord adjusts to your unique abdominal circumference and the slim, strong buckle makes it easy to clip on and off.  There are also some very nice over the shoulder purses/bags for women shaped like a triangle and with great zipper protection.  Knowing how to carry a purse in another country is important.  Keep that elbow close to your bag and your body, ladies.  

Be sure to carry copies of your passport with you and leave one at home with a family member; wear a neck pouch for your traveler’s checks, cash, passport; compact rain gear is essential; a moneybelt is a great means of packing along a few hundred dollar bills.  Note, some countries do not like to cash hundred dollar bills as they are the most counterfeited denomination on the market.  Fifties work better.  Know the difference between an electric adapter and an electric voltage converter.  One young lady came into our room crying.  She had a curling iron that melted in her hair.  She had plugged the iron into an adapter that had 220v flowing into it. Needless to say, it melted her hair.  My wife had to carefully take scissors and cut the iron out of her hair.  

Travel Information for Senior Citizens is helpful for both tips and advice, as well as suggesting other useful websites that offer helpful information.  You will find many links by simply going to GOOGLE (or your favorite search engine) and searching for Senior Travel Aids.    

More to come from some of my trips… unusual incidents… problem solving I have had to do to make the trip a pleasurable experience.  I hope that you find these blogs helpful.  JEB



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